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HOA Members May Face Drought-Related Dilemmas

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We could all be facing a long dry summer ahead. For homeowners that can make it tough to keep landscaping green. And if by chance you live in a tightly controlled Homeowners Association, keeping that lawn green could cost you. 

"If we see a dry dead spot in the lawn, we notice the homeowners and if they don't fix it they could be fined by their HOA," says Melissa Ramsey of FirstService Residential that manages 10,000 homes in the area.        

To avoid that, FirstService is meeting with HOA boards to figure out how to ease regulations to deal with the drought and still keep lawns looking nice.

"We meet with them and look at, say the range of green. They may be used to a dark green and we may say how about range from here-to-here and if they are okay with it, we can communicate with the homeowners about it to avoid problems later this summer," Ramsey says.

The other complication of course would be if Truckee Meadows Water Authority got to the point of mandatory watering cutbacks and could fine homeowners. Then they could be caught in the middle of either being fined for water use....or fined for failing to keep the lawns green. They're all hoping it doesn't come to that. But they are planning ahead just in case it does.

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